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Published July 03 2012

Think you’re a patriot? Take our quiz

When it comes to trivia and random facts, it’s no secret that I’m a fan.

In my family, I’m not alone in that interest. For example, when my mom, dad, brother and I gather for family meals, we’ll sometimes throw trivia questions back and forth, testing each other’s (fairly useless) knowledge.

And so today, as we celebrate Independence Day, that all-American family holiday, we put your patriotic knowledge to the test. So grab the family and a slice of apple pie, secure your baseball cap and light up a sparkler. OK, maybe not all at once.

Good luck and God bless America!


1.) How many original American colonies were there?

2.) Who was king of Great Britain during the American Revolutionary War?

3.) Who is credited with being the principal author of the Declaration of Independence?

4.) What was the name of the treaty that ended the Revolutionary War in 1783?

5.) The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776, but it wasn’t until what year that the U.S. Constitution was ratified?

6.) What was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution?

7.) Which two American presidents died on the Fourth of July in 1826?

8.) Now very much an Independence Day tradition, Coney Island in New York is hosting its annual hot dog eating contest today. What is the record of most hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes?

a.) 47

b.) 55

c.) 68

d.) 73

9.) According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, how many millions of hot dogs will Americans consume today?

10.) “Born on the Fourth of July” starred which actor as Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic?

How to score:

8-10 correct: Congratulations, patriot, you really love America!

5-7 correct: You know your stuff, but don’t run for president quite yet.

1-4 correct: Maybe a return to an American History textbook would do you good.

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Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535